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The Civilization of Maxwell Bright (2005)

After a series of bad relationships, a man orders a mail order bride and receives more than he bargained for.

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Max Bright
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Mai Ling
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Mr. Wroth
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Jaurice
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Dr. O'Shannon
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Berdette
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Arlis
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Jackson
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Timo
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Mrs. Wroth
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Erin the Makeup Artist
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Helen
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After a series of bad relationships, a man orders a mail order bride and receives more than he bargained for.

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During the standoff at the store, the gun Max is holding jumps from one hand to the other. See more »

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Max Bright: You let a man suck your dick?
Arlis: Well... I didn't tell my dick.
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I'm a Hog for You
Performed by Guy Forsyth
Written by Jerry Lister & Mike Stoller
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Surprisingly good
7 April 2009 | by (Penang, Malaysia) – See all my reviews

The movie starts out with a long shot of a nun meditating at a temple and a voice-over: "A good Buddhist would be willing to jump into hell to save just one other person." Then it cuts to a picture of a Southern California town with a big caption: "HELL".

I thought this movie was going to be an amusing comedy about a boor who gets his expectations of a submissive, doll-like mail-order bride turned upside down. He does, but rather than being comedic this movie is dramatic and touching. Maxwell Bright starts out as a guy who is self-destructing and losing everything in life - his business, his friends, his house, his self-image. He thinks he can buy a "geisha girl" who will prop up his ego, but what he gets is a quietly strong woman who both makes him realize what humiliating depths he's sunk to, and pulls him out of them.

It seems like a low-budget production because the camera work is a bit choppy and the pacing is terrible - slow bits should be fast and fast bits should be slow - but the writing and acting are great.


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